Emma Gilsenan

Call To The Bar: 2008


Emma is a versatile practitioner with a practice that combines criminal litigation, professional disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, inquest law, prison law and public law. Her areas of expertise complement one another, enabling her to offer a comprehensive service to lay and professional clients seeking advice and representation.

Emma joined Chambers following her appointment as Assistant Public Solicitor in the British Overseas Territories of St Helena and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. During this appointment, Emma was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan Da Cunha. Emma was asked to return to the Island in this role, following a previous appointment pre-pupillage, to advise on a specific high profile cross jurisdictional case. In addition to having conduct of a series of high profile and politically sensitive cases, Emma dealt with general criminal, prison, civil, medical regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Emma is described as “an excellent advocate”. She has appeared in the Supreme Court by way of telephone applications and was commented upon in reported cases, to have advanced arguments capably. Emma is further noted by the Public Solicitor to have “worked exceptionally hard and was an asset to the Public Solicitor’s Office”.